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Date: 6/14/12 2:01 PM

Hello everyone,
I need to find some maxi dress patterns - I look the look, both in woven and knit fabrics. Which are the best ones out there? I hear of the "Mission Maxi Dress", by Jamie Christina (I think).

which are you favorite ones? Why do you like them so much?

thanks for any guidance,
sue B

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Date: 6/14/12 2:49 PM

Hi, you might get some ideas from this recent thread:

http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/62399

It's a thread entitled "Maxi Dresses".

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Date: 6/14/12 3:44 PM

I love Simplicity 2219 & I've made it both with & without sleeves. I'm considering making it again this summer, too.
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No sleeves

I'm also considering doing Simplicity 3505, which has a ton of reviews.

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Date: 6/14/12 8:38 PM

I also like Simplicity 2219.
Simplicity 2219
I did a review of short skirt with sleeves, but I also made two sleeveless maxi version of this dress.
I like the v-neck with rushed bodice, and since it's made in knits it's sooo comfy.

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Date: 6/14/12 8:44 PM

I've made Simplicity 2642.

It's for knits and I like the empire waist and it has pockets. I just happened to wear it yesterday and, as usual, got lots of compliments.

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Date: 6/14/12 10:11 PM

I've made M5893 and NL 6980.

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Date: 6/15/12 10:27 AM

How about this Cynthia Rowley dress lengthened to a maxi? PR member Lisette made it and it looks so cute on her. (no review though)
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I can personally vouch for the mission maxi!

As well, take a look through the patterns you have on hand. It may be surprising how many of them will look great lengthened.


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Date: 6/15/12 10:49 AM

So, you can take any dress pattern and just add length? I suppose one could just add vents/slits at the bottom for leg movement or do a gradual widening at the bottom.?

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Date: 6/15/12 3:23 PM

You make a good point about being able to walk in a longer dress. To find the walking ease you want, I'd stand with my legs in a stride I find comfortable and measure with a looped tape measure to find the amount. Compare that to your lengthened pattern at the hem. Then you know if the longer dress has that ease or will need slits or vents as you mentioned.

I'd also look at the proportions of the dress and my body. Not every dress benefits from going long. Or not on me. If there's a lot of fullness is can look swampy. If the dress is really slim and clingy, the lumps gets more obvious on the way down.

My favorite is to go shopping armed with a tape measure. Try things on and note the amount of hem circumference you like. Or, pattern shop and look for garment measurements for the hem sweep. This is getting harder to find these days without opening the pattern and looking on the tissue.

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Date: 6/15/12 3:24 PM

Another source for Maxis is going to the source. Search on ebay for vintage patterns from the era. I just found a few designer classic ones and they still look good. Will look even better with contemporary fabrics.

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